FJR1300 Common Problems: Ticking Noises, Engine heat

Yamaha FJR1300 faces common problems like Engine heat issues, Wheel bearing issues, starting problems, ticking noise from the cam chain, ABS Wheel sensor failure, wheel bearing failure, and difficulty when downshifting.

FJR1300 Engine Heat Issues

FJR1300 engine gets hot and the hot air is directed toward the rider as reported by many riders, this was seen in the earlier versions of the FJR1300.

Take the FJR1300 for a test ride on a hot afternoon and check for engine heat issues.

Engine heat is not always due to engine problems. The hot air from the engine might be redirected to the rider.

Yamaha replaced the flat radiator and affixed a curved one in the later models to fix the problem.

Possible Solutions:

You can redesign the fairing to allow for the cool air to pass through the right spots.

Check the coolant level and replenish it accordingly.

Install heat flaps to reduce the heat from the engine.

Difficulty When Downshifting

Downshifting difficulty in the FJR1300 is a common transmission problem faced by many riders.

They said that it is hard to shift to a lower gear using the foot-controlled shifter.

The shifter would move physically but the gear won’t change which happens due to the presence of debris, contamination, or corrosion on the shift lever, its pivot points, or linkages.


  • Disassemble the shift lever and the linkages, clean the pivot points, and check for signs of corrosion.

FJR1300 Ticking Noise

The ticking noise in FJR1300 is due to the cam chain, it can be heard on the right side of the engine as reported by many riders.

The ticking noise is a common FJR1300 problem in the older models.

The ticking noise becomes intense once the odometer crosses 4,000 miles. The ticking noise is usually only seen when the engine is warm.

You need to ride the FJR1300 for a while and make the engine warm to diagnose the noise.

See if a rhythmic, metallic noise is audible from the left side of the engine.

FJR1300 Ticking Noises Solutions

  • Check the exhaust valve guides for excessive wear.
  • Check the valves for any blockages. Adjust the valve clearances according to the recommendations.
  • Get the timing chain tensioner replaced if it’s worn out.
  • Check if there’s any damage to the catalytic converter.
  • Fix defective exhaust valve guide seals.

Rear Suspension Linkage

Rear suspension linkage failure is one of the common FJR1300 problems. FJR1300’s Rear Suspension Linkage fails when the motorcycle hasn’t been maintained properly.

FJR1300 should be serviced every 12,000 miles to prevent the rear suspension linkage bearings from seizing, which can lead to suspension failure and even the failure of linkage (dog-bone) arms.

The rear suspension linkage bearings may seize, causing a malfunction in the suspension system.

If you fail to sort the issue early on, the linkage(dog-bone) arms might get damaged.

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Wheel Bearings

Wheel bearing failure is one of the common problems in FJR1300. Wheel Bearings fail when the tire fitters over-tighten the wheel axle nuts.

Give the tire fitter strict instructions to not over-tighten the wheel axle nuts.

Prevent wheel bearing issues in the FJR1300 by checking and lubricating the bearings when changing tires.

Rear Shock Absorber

All FJR1300 models come with a very soft rear shock absorber spring.

Later models have a slightly stronger spring, but the effect is somewhat negated because the later bikes are heavier.


Install ‘Hyperpro’ shocks to the FJR1300 to make the handling better.

Install ‘Racetech’ or ‘Sonic’ springs to the FJR1300 to improve the suspension system.

You’ll be able to maneuver the motorcycle better once you install these aftermarket fittings to the FJR.

ABS Wheel Sensors

ABS wheel sensors can seize in their mountings, leading to corrosion that eventually crushes the sensor, and as a result, the ABS shuts down, and the braking system reverts to a normal setup.

When the ABS sensor fails, the red ABS warning lamp will light up on the dashboard.


  • Check if the ABS wheel sensor is covered by dust.
  • Wipe the collars on the sensors with some grease before fitting them to the hubs and wipe any excess grease off the sensor.
  • Make sure the connectors are plugged in properly and the contacts haven’t corroded.


Corrosion can affect the finish, especially the rear shaft drive unit casing, which is mostly unsightly.

A close-match spray paint is available to restore its appearance. This FJR1300 problem is not that common according to the riders.

Starting Problems

Starting problems in FJR1300 are mainly due to aging battery, corrosion on battery cables, loose wiring connections, fuel delivery problems, bad ignition components, low compression from worn rings or valves, and clutch switch faults.

An aging battery may lack enough cold-cranking amps for brisk starter speed.

Corrosion on battery cables or loose wiring connections can disrupt starter current flow.

Fuel delivery problems like a weak pump, clogged filters or injectors, or failing sensors will prevent easy starts too.

Bad ignition components, low compression from worn rings or valves, and clutch switch faults also sporadically contribute.

Simple troubleshooting like testing electrical circuits, checking fuel pressure, inspecting filters, cleaning connections, or replacing worn parts often resolves the starting problems.

FJR1300 Common Problems(2001-2005 models)

The rear shocks of the earlier FJR1300 models are weak, such issues can be fixed by a shock or spring upgrade.

The standard rear shock works fine if you don’t carry much luggage.

Another issue the early FJR models faced was a weak cam tensioner chain.

The chain could fail at any mileage and produce a rattling noise. This issue can be fixed by installing a modified cam tensioner chain.

Some riders have also reported stator and regulator/rectifier problems.

FJR1300 Common Problems(2006-2012 models)

2006-2012 FJR models faced Corrosion in their “Spider Earth” systems.

All the FJR1300 motorcycles of these model years have been recalled by Yamaha to fix this issue.

Address the corrosion issue early to avoid electrical problems.

Contact Yamaha with the frame number to know if your FJR1300 has been recalled.

FJR1300 models up to 2010 had rear shock and cam tensioner chain problems too. FJR1300’s model history provides a clear idea of the historic changes on FJR1300 according to user feedback.

FJR1300 Common Problems(2013 Onwards)

FJR1300 that was released after 2013 had Throttle Position Sensor issues.

Throttle Position Sensor issues lead to erratic idling and severe lurching when maintaining a steady throttle opening.

For models with electronic suspension (ES), it is important to check for damping in the rear shocks. Replacement of electronic suspension components can be very expensive.

Models from 2010-2015 are value for money if you want to buy a used FJR1300.

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